There are extreme challenges unique to the Norwegian Arctic, from activities in remote Arctic locations to Arctic data collection and monitoring. There is a strong need to direct AI applications towards solving Arctic challenges that are important for Norway and the world (e.g., marine pollution or irresponsible exploration of ocean resources in the Arctic). This is no longer a stand-alone IT and/or IoT challenge.
This workshop is first of its kind in Norway. It will bring together a rare combination of skilled experts from different fields with a passion for IKT, science, engineering, Arctic, and who are motivated to learn across disciplines to address Arctic challenges including data acquisition and quality, marine pollution, overfishing, irresponsible ocean exploration, unsustainable utilization of ocean space among others. Our ambition is to bring world-leading AI experts (Europe, USA, Canada) to Norway and expose them to the cold region's challenges within a quadruple helix environment (industry, government, academia, and users/civil society).
NTNU is a home for the world-leading Arctic Engineering team (SAMCoT). Department of Marine Technology is a part of the largest civilian research center in the Western World and among the world's top in the Marine Technology field. Together with the Norwegian Open Artificial Intelligence Lab (NAIL), Norwegian Center of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and the external Arctic Data and Science partners: Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, Arctic, NPI, UiB, UiO, and UNIS (will be officially invited if the funding is secured), we constitute a strong knowledge conglomerate of attraction for motivated world's top AI developers from outside Norway.